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Old Woodpecker Tracks

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Description:

The hunting and nesting ground for a red-headed woodpecker. The first picture is just what he's left behind, the last two are actual use of the nest.

Habitat:

This tree stands at the edge of a clearing in a pine forest in Southeastern Texas. The red-headed woodpecker could still be seen working on it occasionally, but was using one of the lower ones for nesting.

Notes:

Fun to watch them coming and going. Wiki says "They lay 4 to 7 eggs in early May which are incubated for two weeks.[5] Two broods can be raised in a single nesting season." I would imagine that far south, they were working on the second batch.

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2 Comments

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

Thanks. I had no idea how to do that. I'm in a mission "Signs of Wildlife" and had no idea where to put them, but I'm learning. Thanks for the help.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 2 months ago

Nice find. This shows how important leaving dead trees up on properties can be. When you post spottings of organism induced things (like the woodpecker tracks here) you may place them in the category of the organism itself. I have moved this to Birds for you. :-)

Texas, USA

Lat: 30.80, Long: -94.50

Spotted on Sep 28, 2010
Submitted on Feb 3, 2019

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